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Conservative Inland Empire cities crack down on illegal workers
By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee and Norco require businesses to check workers' immigration status in the federal government database E-Verify. Critics say that will push more workers underground.
Coliseum official who worked for rave producer also hired a lobbyist
By Andrew Blankstein, Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
In addition to being an administrator for the Coliseum Commission and a consultant to the producer of the Electric Daisy Carnival rave, Todd DeStefano hired a lobbyist to persuade the City Council to allow the controversial events to continue.
Long Beach officer patrolled with compassion
By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Officer David A. Garcia took special care of the neediest people — and animals — on his beat, even when terminal cancer made the job tougher.
Thomas A. Saenz: Brown considers an activist for state Supreme Court appointment
By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Thomas A. Saenz is among six believed to be on Brown's short list to replace Justice Carlos R. Moreno, who is stepping down.
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Stephen Baldwin sues Kevin Costner over technology to fight oil spills By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Baldwin and an associate allege that they weren't told that a firm had made a deal to lease oil separators to BP after last year's spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They say they learned after selling their interests that a deal had been struck.
More bones found in ravine where Mitrice Richardson was discovered By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Another search of the rugged Malibu canyon turned up remains that could be fragments of her ribs, fingers and wrist. Richardson's family pushes for more testing to determine how the 24-year-old died.
San Fernando Valley neighbors of natural gas facility raise concerns about overhaul By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
With memories of the 2008 Sesnon fire still smoldering, residents of the northern Valley are voicing concerns about Southern California Gas Co.'s plans to overhaul a natural gas storage facility.
Beware of Sacramento's crash tax By George Skelton
Visitors to the state capital will soon be billed for the cost of dispatching city firefighters or paramedics to the scene of accidents if the out-of-towner is deemed at fault.
Del Mar officials and Fair Board joust over fairgrounds By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Both want control over the facility. Then-Gov. Schwarzenegger had listed it for sale, but Gov. Brown is not so sure.
Support for fast-tracked bio-cremation bill dissolves under scientific scrutiny, but a revival is brewing By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
In an example of how little examination some bills receive, it took a legislative intern to point out serious concerns about a bio-cremation bill that was sailing through the Legislature. Now with some concerns being addressed, the proposal is getting a second look.
A day of watching basketball turns deadly for four relatives killed in Willowbrook shooting By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
Residents of Bliss Street, where the Willowbrook shooting occurred, describe the terror of hearing gunfire in their neighborhood.
25 hurt as taxi hits crowd outside San Diego nightclub By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A woman's leg is severed when the cab smashes into pedestrians outside the Stingaree club in the Gaslamp district. The driver is pulled from the vehicle and beaten.
Willowbrook, Whittier shooting victims identified By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Three brothers and a cousin are killed in an apparent gang-related attack in Willowbrook. A couple and a third person that may be their son die in an apparent family dispute in Whittier.
Archbishop Jose Gomez learns L.A. as Mahony's retirement nears By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
As Archbishop Jose Gomez prepares to succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony on Feb. 27, he's traveled the region, meeting its Catholics. He seems largely to have calmed fears that he might be too conservative.
Playboy Mansion visitors hit with mystery illness By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
L.A. County health officials are investigating a possible respiratory infection outbreak after dozens of illnesses are reported by people who attended a recent fundraiser.
South L.A. council candidates face off in debate By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Forescee Hogan-Rowles accuses Councilman Bernard C. Parks of neglecting his district and criticizes his simultaneous pay and pension. He challenges her knowledge of the district and the city's budget crisis.
A wild goose chase for the goose's sake By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
Wildlife rescue class has animal lovers track a robotic bird around a Malibu park to practice safe-catch and rehabilitation techniques.
28th Senate District race more a sprint than marathon By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Eight candidates are vying to fill the seat vacated by the death of Sen. Jenny Oropeza. But the campaign period is only 43 days.
A combat veteran's struggle of the soul By Steve Lopez
Greg Valentini served in Afghanistan and Iraq, returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder. With the help of Volunteers of America, he's taking classes, trying to stay off drugs and keep on the right path.
Coptic Christians in Los Angeles voice cautious optimism for Egypt's future By Nomi Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There is hope that the uprising may bring positive change for Egypt's religious minorities, including Copts.
California taxpayers bought anti-smoking ad that aired during Super Bowl By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Proceeds of a cigarette tax approved in 1988 must be spent on anti-smoking efforts. So $14.5 million dedicated to a TV campaign, including a Super Bowl ad in two markets, is off-limits for lawmakers trying to balance California's budget.
3 are found shot to death inside Whittier house By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The bodies of two men and a woman are discovered after police surrounded the property for more than seven hours and locked down a nearby elementary school. A family dispute is suspected.
Bell mayor says death threats keep him from council meetings By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Oscar Hernandez complains that police dislike him because he favors eliminating their department, and won't give him protection. Captain defends his officers.
Sheriff's watchdog unit is critical of Santa Monica police detectives By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A report says that investigators engaged in 'an unusual mixture of facts and advocacy' when looking into allegations that a school board member failed to break up a fight between two youths.
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